Alright, so you know if you’ve read this blog at all that I am pretty much a geek. Or, if you don’t consider me a geek, you know that I love all things geeky. There’s something special about the powers of geek love and one of those powerful kinds of geeks love is that uncomparable love, the love for “Star Wars.”
So today has become “Star Wars Day,” thanks to the delightful (or not depending on your sense of humor) pun made (for those of you not getting it “May the Fourth” inserted into “May the Force be with you,” eh? eh?).
Anyhow, as this unofficial holiday has flooded my FaceBook with at least dozens of status changes, I wanted to recognize it for a minute as what it stands for. Just like “Star Trek,” this series and it’s whole universe of characters means more than just the stories told within it. For many people “Star Wars,” represents an ideology; one that is worth praising and one that is worth living by.
If you don’t believe me, you must not have heard about Katie.
Back in November of last year, one of my favorite geeky blogs posted this post. With the title “Geek Girls ACTIVATE!” the blog related the story of a little girl named Katie, who had been teased for carrying a Star Wars water bottle to school, because Star Wars was a “boy” thing.
Her mother went to her blog and wrote a truly poignant piece about how horrified she was to have to deal with bullying of this kind in the first grade. She asked women who were Star Wars geeks to leave a comment—and the rest is history.
Thousands of responses rolled in and eventually they had to create a new post just for people to tell their stories. People sent shirts and toys (which her mother eventually noted would be going to charity as Katie didn’t need all of it) and she got to have personalized art drawn of her, as well as meeting some of the talent on the new Star Wars cartoons.
Last time I heard, she was printing out all the comments into a book, to read whenever she was feeling down; to know that there were thousands of strong women out there, who like Star Wars just like her.
Image via. Also, more Star Wars kittens at that site… because, why not?
Long story made somewhat shorter, it was a moment that showed just how much Star Wars means and, bigger than that, how a geek community can come together to support those in need. It was truly heart-warming and inspiringly impressive.
So, instead of just focusing on the pun today. Focus on the force of the Force. It might even make you smile 🙂